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The BSUJ's third volume is now closed for submissions. A new call will be posted and a new fluid section will become available soon, so stay tuned for updates.


Published: 2017-03-19
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Submissions to the BSUJ

Submissions to the BSUJ focus on research topics in the behavioural sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, health sciences, nursing, gender studies, social work, etc.).

Authors may submit original scholarly works or modify works written for course credit in a scholarly manner (e.g., essays, term papers, research report, honours thesis) in accordance to BSUJ submission guidelines.

Submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • commentary (on the field, on other papers, argue a point)
  • review article (argue a larger point, bring research up to speed, compare models and definitions, point to gaps)
  • analysis (critical, case study)
  • qualitative, quanitative, experimental studies, 
  • and more!

Peer-Review Process

Acceptance into publication for the BSUJ includes a rigorous process.


  • Reviewers are ideally matched to a topic that reflects their indicated interest 
  • Sometimes a reviewer may review papers outside of the given discipline in order to ensure comprehension by general readership
  • 1-2 peer-reviewers
  • 1-2 faculty-reviewers
  • Double-anonymous review
  • Review by Journal Editor through each stage
  • Editor reviews manuscript for submission criteria (preliminary review - before being sent to reviewers)
  • Editor sends request for available reviewers
  • Editor reviews peer-reviews and faculty-reviews for adherence to policy at each stage
  • Editor reviews revisions made by authors at each stage
  • Review of Editor's work by External Editor(s) for validity and transparancy
  • All studies using human participants are submitted for ethical review (ETHICS and HREB)

Reviewers are supported through faculty mentorship and comprehensive guidelines provided by the Journal Editor during the review process. Examples of criteria peer-reviewers look for throughout manuscripts include (and are not limited to):

  • Is there a novel contribution to research?
  • Does the contribution fit with the scope of the BSUJ?
  • Is the background research sufficient?
  • Does the methodology test the hypothesis?
  • Does the discussion link findings to research question?
  • APA style requirements
  • Credibility of sources

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The BSUJ originated at Mount Royal University, which is situated in Mohkinstsis (so-called Calgary) on Treaty 7 land. The Treaty 7 region is the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy (which includes Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika First Nations), the Stoney Nakoda (which includes Bearspaw, Wesley, and Chiniki First Nations), and the Tsuut'ina First Nation. Mohkinstsis is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.